Party Foundation Day Tour

  • Oct 7th - 16th
  • 945 - 1195
  • 5/8 Days

This celebrates the foundation of the Workers Party of Korea. It’s one of the biggest holidays in North Korea.

• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Flights are extra.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).

• Flights.
• Extra drinks and souvenirs.
• Cost of visas.
• Tips for Korean guides and the driver.
• Additional events not listed in the itinerary.

  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • Tour highlights

Monday 7th October

  • Meet your Rocky Road guide at 1:30pm at a Beijing Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive your North Korean visas and tickets, and meet your fellow travellers.
  • Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.

Tuesday 8th October

  • Train group arrive in Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then departs again for Sinuiju at 10:00am.
  • Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:00pm (Meet group at Air Koryo check in counter).
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome and transfer directly to the hotel.
  • In the evening your guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides
  • Dinner and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Wednesday 9th October

Morning

  • Stroll through Mansudae fountain park taking in the Grand Peoples Study House and see the mosaic pictures of the leaders.
  • Visit Mansudae Grand Monument – the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Kim Il Sung Square – The central square of Pyongyang City and a popular meeting point.
  • Foreign Language Bookshop – right next to the square and the best place for pins, stamps, books and other souvenirs!

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Gold restaurant
  • Ride the Pyongyang Metro! See three of the stations and Exit to:
  • The Arch of Triumph- This celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the triumphant return of  Kim Il Sung to his home town.
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. This incredible museum features dioramas, captured weapons, the Victory Monument, and the USS Pueblo: the only American military vessel captured by another nation.
  • Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the Juche Ideology. Central to the teachings of the DPRK(optional extra €5 to go to the top).
  • Visit Kwanbok department store. Here we can shop with the locals and have access to the local North Korean currency!
  • Stop by the Taedonggang Micro Brewery for some refreshments. They have seven different types of beer here.
  • Dinner at the National restaurant with a great performance!
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Thursday 10th October – Party Foundation Day

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – This is where the Leader’s Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state.
  • Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery – The final resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters. Offers great views if the city too!
  • Helicopter ride optional extra – we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board a Soviet Mi-17 to take on a 40 minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city. (€250)

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Moran Hill Restaurant
  • Walk up along Moran Park located in the heart of Pyongyang. Here the locals come to celebrate the day with their families and friends. BBQ, dancing, singing and drinking are commonplace. 
  • Special celebratory events (optional extra: approx €20).
  • Monument to the Party Foundation – The hammer sickle and brush built in 1995.
  • Participate at Mass Dance ceremony held at the monument. A fantastic and unique photo opportunity!
  • Dinner
  • To be confirmed: Attend the Mass Games – The world’s largest performance! Ticket prices to be announced. Tickets can be purchased whilst on tour in North Korea for an extra fee.
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Friday 11th October

  • Hit the road for the 3.5 hour drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
  • Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a UNESCO museum of history and culture. 
  • The DMZ – tour Panmunjom with a friendly army officer who will give you the look around. You can even take photos with the army here!

Afternoon

  • Lunch in Kaesong City – on the menu will be traditional Korean Pansangi, a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog Soup €5)
  • Stop by Sariwon to  view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
  • Try locally brewed Makkoli in a local tea house.
  • Stop by the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil (reunification) Highway.
  • Back to Pyongyang in time for dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

Saturday 12th October

Morning

  • Group A flight takers depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am local Beijing time).
  • Group A train takers depart at 10:25am for Beijing. (Arriving at 9:00am on Sunday the 13th).

Group B continues on -

  • Drive to Wonsan City – the best beach town in North Korea. 5 hours driving in total including a rest stop at:
  • Sinpyong Lagoon

Afternoon

  • Arrive in Wonsan and check into the Tongmyong hotel.
  • Lunch at a nearby restaurant, famous for its fresh seafood.
  • Songdowan International Children’s Union Camp- This camp caters for both domestoc and international visitors.
  • Swim at Wonsan beach and mingle with the locals!
  • Walk along the pier to Chok Islet where the locals will be fishing, drinking and eating BBQ.
  • Dinner at Tongmyong restaurant.
  • Overnight in Tongmyong Hotel.

Sunday 13th October

Morning

  • Head further south to Mt. Kumgang scenic region.
  • Stop at Samil Lagoon for stunning views and a pit stop.

Afternoon

  • Lunch.
  • Check into Mt. Kumgang Hotel – this hotel was renovated by the South Koreans and boasts spectacular views of the Mt. Kumgang range.
  • Hike to Kuryong falls with incredible views of multi-colored scenes.
  • Stop by Mt. Kumgang Natural Spa.
  • Dinner and drinks nearby the hotel.
  • Overnight at  Mt Kumgang Hotel.

Monday 14th October

Morning

  • Drive back to Wonsan.
  • Walk around the central square in the city and see the DPRK Mangyongbong-92 cruise ship with a brief explanation.
  • Visit the former Railway Station Revolutionary site where an old Japanese steam engine is on display.

Afternoon

  • Drive back to Pyongyang stopping at the famous Ulim Waterfall for a picnic lunch.
  • Visit Meari Shooting Range.
  • Stop by a beer bar.
  • Dinner at the Liberation restaurant.
  • Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang. The hotel has Pyongyang’s only outdoor swimming pool!

Tuesday 15th October

Morning

  • Group B flight takers depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am local Beijing time).
  • Group B train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28.

Wednesday 16th October

Morning

  • Train takers arrive in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am.

  • Pyongyang Metro

    Ride the iconic Pyongyang underground system.

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

    See the place where both President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il lie in state.

  • See the DMZ

    Visit the DMZ and see the blue huts on the demarcation line between North and South Korea.

  • Visit Sariwon

    Visit the lesser seen North Korean city of Sariwon.

Party Foundation Day Tour

945 - 1195
  • Oct 7th - 16th (Long option via train from Beijing)
  • Oct 8th - 15th (via plane with extra cost)
  • 8 Days
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